Diary Zapp

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kids capture their days through words, photos, and more.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Writing, self-expression, and communication with others. Kids can improve their vocabulary through the alternate word suggestions and can practice producing and sharing new content. Reflecting on diary entries over time can help kids grow in self-awareness.

Ease of Play

Mostly easy to use -- for kids creating the journal entries and for the parent or teacher ("chief adult") monitoring the account -- although the writing/drawing tool can take some trial and error to master.

Violence & Scariness

Content is dependent on users; parents can moderate kids' content and who it's shared with.

Sexy Stuff

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Language

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Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content is dependent on users; parents can moderate kids' content and who it's shared with.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Diary Zapp is a written and visual journal app for kids. Kids can write, draw, take photos, decorate journal pages, and share their experiences with friends, family, and other Diary Zapp users (optional). The more pages kids create, the more points they earn to unlock more creative options. The writing feature on the app uses typed text or finger-drawn letters. If kids use the typed text, Diary Zapp will suggests alternate words, similar to using a thesaurus; this can help kids pump up their vocabulary. Kids can create and dress a "Zappicon" character to use as their mascot through the diary experience. Up to five kids can have individual diaries on Diary Zapp, and there's a "Chief Adult" dashboard for parents who want more oversight over what kids create and with whom they share it, if sharing is desired. The $3.99 purchase price includes all features; there are no in-app purchases. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use DIARY ZAPP, create a kid account and a parent account. Name and style a "Zappicon" character for your guide. To start a new entry, tap the plus sign to create the first journal page, and tap the page icon to choose a page background. The pencil icon lets kids add drawings, written content, and photos. Change words in written content based on the app's alternate word suggestions, and tap the Zappicon character for tips. 

Is it any good?

Encouraging kids to write daily can be challenging, but this app makes journaling fun, creative, and easy. What sets Diary Zapp apart from other journaling apps are the added benefits of the vocabulary boosts and parent oversight, and the optional ability to share journal pages with others. The Zappicon character is a fun little hook to get kids' attention, but it could also be a distraction for kids who are reluctant to write. Some kids may need a reminder that it's more about expressing their own ideas and experiences in the written and visual content they produce than it is about Diary Zapp's built-in creative characters. All in all, it's a great choice for kids' creativity and self-expression.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different purposes for journals like Diary Zapp. What are the differences between a diary that you want to keep for your eyes only and one that you want other people to view?

  • Talk about the importance of consistency for writing practice and improvement. It's not so much what your kid decides to put in the diary that's most important but that writing becomes a daily habit.

App details

For kids who love journaling and creativity apps

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